Genesis, Isaiah and Psalms are three key texts in the Hebrew Bible and represent the lifelong interests of Professor John Emerton, Emeritus Regius Professor of Hebrew in the University of Cambridge, for whom this volume is written on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. The contributors have all enjoyed academic relationships with John over the years and represent a truly international group. The contributions include comparison of biblical texts with ancient Near Eastern counterparts and evaluation of them in the light of archaeology. They include intertextual work on a literary level, and traditional literary-historical approaches to texts. Many move beyond the Hebrew Bible itself to consider other texts and versions or to draw out interpretations of texts by scholars ancient and modern - and even by novelists. The result is a refreshing group of articles that indicate the broad range of approaches that characterize the discipline of Old Testament study in the present day.
Katharine Dell, D. Phil (1988) in Old Testament, University of Oxford, is University Senior Lecturer at Cambridge University and Fellow of St Catharine's College. She has published extensively in the area of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, including recently The Book of Proverbs in Social and Theological Context (CUP, 2006).
Graham Davies, Ph.D. (1975) University of Cambridge, D.D. (Oxford), F.B.A., is Professor of Old Testament Studies at Cambridge University and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. He has published books on the Pentateuch, Hosea, archaeology and Hebrew inscriptions, and articles on a wide variety of Old Testament topics.
Yee Von Koh, Ph.D. (2005) in Old Testament, University of Cambridge, is an independent biblical scholar residing in Malaysia. She has recently published a book on Ecclesiastes in De Gruyter's BZAW series (no. 369).